Category Archives: Trade Rumors
The Rangers have conquered distractions all season — including the late September/early October tour through Europe, the omnipresent cameras that recorded HBO’s “24/7” series and the Winter Classic in Philadelphia on Jan. 2 — to roll to a nine-point lead in the Eastern Conference, a 10-point lead in the Atlantic Division and first overall in the NHL with a .718 percentage. Now, however, the Rangers face potentially the most damaging distraction of them all: players dealing with being named in trade speculation in advance of the Feb. 27 deadline, and those specifically who might be involved in a possible mega-deal for Blue Jackets star wing Rick Nash.
Teams that I believe have either been contacted by Columbus regarding Rick Nash or have reached out to the Blue Jackets: the New York Rangers, the Philadelphia Flyers, the Los Angeles Kings, the Vancouver Canucks and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Of that list, I think the Rangers, Flyers and Kings really stand out in terms of their interest and ability to provide the right assets. The Canucks and Leafs obviously have interest, but I’m not sure they’re willing to part with the kind of package of assets the Jackets are looking for.
It was exactly the kind of game Chris Pronger would have loved. An intense battle against an elite opponent he’s played against for high stakes many, many times. Watching the Philadelphia Flyers go toe to toe with the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday night, it was impossible not to imagine what kind of impact Pronger would have had on the game. Would Todd Bertuzzi have been so comfortable in front of Sergei Bobrovsky? Would the Red Wings’ power play have been so effective?
What the heck, let’s blame Gary Bettman.
After all, the three-point system contributing most to the current trade-deadline inertia arrived under the NHL commissioner’s watch. As the Feb. 27 trade deadline approaches, there are still far too many teams that think they’re still in position to make a playoff run to create the annual player auction.
There are still few committed sellers two weeks before the trade deadline, which has the general managers trying to buy climbing the walls. Just imagine how Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman feels right now.
Not much activity in the trade market
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Ray Whitney, Pavel Kubina, Hal Gill and Brad Boyes make quartet of potential NY Ranger deals
Rutherford: Decision on Ruutu next week
The NHL trade deadline is two weeks from tomorrow, and we have yet to see any deals of substance around the Original 30. Last week’s biggest move was by Columbus (now less than two months from its 10th playoff DNQ in 11 seasons) adding a year to the contract of left wing Vinny Prospal, who will turn 37 Friday. Not likely to change the course of the franchise, but Prospal was on the “watch list’’ here last week as a guy who could add roster depth for a Bruins playoff run.
If the Rangers are going to deal for Columbus RW Rick Nash — and sources say GM New York Glen Sather is interested — it’s going to come with a big asking price. The word is the Blue Jackets may demand C Brandon Dubinsky, prospect C Chris Kreider from Boston College and a No. 1 pick. Kreider was New York’s No. 1 pick in the 2009 NHL draft. The talk in Columbus is Nash may waive his no-movement clause to get a deal done….
Every NHL trading deadline differs from the one before and last year, the overriding theme was how many of the most important deals were done weeks or even a month before TSN assembled their multiple panels and began the nine hours of chatter and analysis.
That, obviously, isn’t happening this time around. Just about every general manager tells you the same thing – it’s quiet, eerily quiet, and it’s pretty clear why.
Ray Whitney is on the radar of a few contenders and with good reason, the Wizard amazingly leading the Phoenix Coyotes in scoring at 39 years old.
An unrestricted free agent July 1, he could be on the move if the Coyotes fall out of the playoff race over the next two weeks.
Still, a name worth keeping an eye on.
The thought has at least crossed Shane Doan’s mind.
With the Phoenix Coyotes’ ownership situation still in limbo and unrestricted free agency staring him in the face, the veteran forward could be playing out his final season in the desert.
“Obviously, I’d be pretty naive to not think that way,” Doan said in a recent interview. “At the same time, everything is kind of focused on waiting to see how our team’s doing and what we’re doing and what’s going on with the ownership and different things. (I’ll) make a decision then I guess.